Captain Sir Tom Moore has tragically passed away at the age of 100 after a battle with COVID-19.
Hero and war veteran, Captain Sir Tom Moore, was admitted to hospital on Sunday after struggling with his breathing.
The tragic news has been confirmed by his heartbroken family today.
In a touching statement, daughters Hannah and Lucy wrote: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.
“The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.
“Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.
“We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had.
Captain Tom became a hero and inspiration to many after raising millions for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. Through his hard efforts, he became a beacon of hope to many.
On Sunday, his daughter Hannah confirmed that her dad was in intensive care and she thanked the medical for “all they can” to help make him feel comfortable.
Bedford Hospital said Captain Tom was allowed a family member present at his bedside.
After the saddening news was announced, thousands of well-wishers have flooded Captain Tom’s family. Boris Johnson said he had “inspired a whole nation” with his fundraising.
On April 30 last year, the war veteran captured people’s hearts after raising money for NHS staff by walking 100 laps of the 25-metre loop of his garden, with the aid of his frame. At the time, the champ had been aiming to make as much as £1,000.
Yet after accomplishing the amazing feet, Captain Tom vowed to keep it up as he saw that people were continuing to donate.
Astonishingly, he went on to raise a whopping £32,796,355 for NHS charities and in doing so, received a knighthood from the Queen.
Following his amazing fundraising efforts, Captain Tom released a heartwarming version of the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with Michael Ball.
The single, which included a spoken-word introduction from the war veteran, went straight to the top of charts.
In achieving a Number 1, Captain Tom became the oldest person to reach such a feat with a charity single.
Before his tragic death, he managed to tick off visiting Barbados from his bucket list and spent an unforgettable Christmas with family on the Caribbean islands.
Born on April 30, 1920, Thomas Moore was born at his home in Keighley, West Yorks, and was the second child of mum Isabella and dad Wilfred.
Before joining the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, part of the Royal Armoured Corps, he completed an apprenticeship as a civil engineer.
Captain Tom enlisted in 145 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps during World War Two and in 1940, was chosen for officer training. Eventually, he reached the rank of captain.
Following the war, he returned to civilian life and married Pamela, who happened to be 15 years his junior.
When Pamela passed away from dementia in 2006, the war veteran moved in with his daughter Hannah and her two children in Bedfordshire.
On Sunday, his daughter released a statement regarding her dad’s condition.
Due to his pneumonia medication, he was unable to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
The statement said: “I wanted to update everybody that today my father was admitted to hospital.
“Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid-19.
“He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.
“He is being treated on a ward, although he is not in ICU.
“The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.
“We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we can.”
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